Monday, March 5, 2012

Fun Watching Old Home Movies

When we cleaned out a storage unit some weeks ago, I came across my box of old home movies that I made with a Super 8mm camera (with sound) I had back in the early 1970s.  This was before VHS movie cameras, and way before digital cameras!

Anyway, I put 10 small reels in a packet at our local Costco store to be made into a DVD.  It is some footage that dates from 1979 to 1981.  It shows Crystal as a baby in the hospital, Evan's second birthday and Jason's fifth birthday, with a lot of other Christmas get-togethers and adventures at the park in between.  It was so much fun to watch and experience the memories in vivid movie detail.  We sat with Crystal and Shawn to watch together the other night.  We are trying to figure out a time to have Evan and Callie together to watch now.

I have a lot more reels to convert but it is a little expensive, so it will take some time for the other movies to be made into DVDs.

Evan and Jason got their picture in the latest How-Ni-Kan newsletter, our monthly tribal publication.  The Potawatomis held a regional meeting in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs area) late last year and Evan went to pick up Jason to bring him here for a couple of days.  Shawn's college graduation was the same day as the Potawatomi event, so naturally we were at the graduation ceremony.

Jason just posted a photo they had made of the family, so here it is.

Crystal and Shawn just moved into their Fontana house several weeks ago.  It has more room, so Bailey and Brynnlee have their own bedrooms now.  They also got a new Toyota pickup truck (well, a used truck that is new to them).

I got a picture from Noel yesterday that showed Mom receiving a certificate from her pastor.  The certificate is in recognition of her 75 years of teaching Sunday School.  Mom just recently resigned from being lead teacher in her Sunday School class to where she will now be the substitute/assistant teacher for the class.  In yesterday's worship hour, the pastor made this presentation as part of his sermon, walking down to where Mom was sitting to present the certificate during his meesage!  Noel was there and got the picture.

Mom will turn 89 years old this August.  For those of you from Southern Baptist background who know the Sunday School class designations from the old days, Mom taught the Beginner and Primary classes back when she was a young teenager.  She was a youth teacher and adult teacher for many years.  In these later years, she has been teaching the Adult Women Senior class at her Tecumseh church.

We are so proud of her.  She was instrumental in the lives of so many people along these years, but especially to us as her children as she taught us in both word and action!

Last Saturday we held a Goodwill Drive to collect items for a fundraiser.  We had two semi-truck trailers that we attempted to fill with good discards from church members, friends and neighbors.  It was a full day of fellowship for a host of people who showed up to help, as well as some assistance for our financial needs as a church.

Yesterday, we were excited to have a Baby Dedication.  A lady who just recently began attending church is moving to Iowa this week, but she wanted her little 5-month old baby body dedicated before they moved.  It is always fun to share in a Baby Dedication during our worship hour.

I preached a sermon on "being a missionary without leaving town." I told the congregation I was a recruiter -- one recruiting missionaries from our midst. I reminded them that a missionary is "one who is on mission, one who has a task to accomplish." We are all called to be missionaries wherever we are, whenever the opportunity arise!
Last night, I had my Praise and Worship leader over to the house with his fiance.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer about the future.

Lastly, I have taken some time in the past month to do some recreational reading.  I love John Grisham books, so over Christmas I got three new books.  "The Litigators" is a great read.  The other two books are from his new Theodore Boone series, one that has a young teenager getting involved in legal situations as his parents are lawyers.  I read "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer" and "Theodore Boone, The Abduction."  It was entertaining to read these books.

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